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Kenneth J. Wilson


Mr. Kenneth J. WilsonKenneth J. Wilson
Austin, TX

Ken Wilson, a biochemist, teacher, and entrepreneur, earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Biology from Texas State, and a PhD in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

After completing post-doctoral work at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, he taught and conducted research at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, before returning to California to work for Cetus Corp. and ABI Corp. as a researcher and company vice president in biotechnology.

Retired since 2000, Dr. Wilson now pursues his keen interest in overseas travel, with his wife Verena. In Southeast Asia, the Wilsons recognized the region's need for high-quality modern services in areas ranging from education and healthcare to urban planning and clean water. In an effort to help the people of Southeast Asia, the Wilsons established the Kenneth J. and Verena Wilson Asian Faculty/Student Exchange Program in Texas State's Center for International Studies. Under the program, Texas State faculty and students assist institutions in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam through the exchange of information and expertise in areas of need.

Dr. Wilson served for many years as a member of the Texas State Development Foundation. Currently, he is a member of the advisory boards of Texas State's College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, and Center for International Studies.